Comedians Jamie Kaler and Eddie Ifft at the Brea Improv
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Jamie Kaler is one of the country’s rising stars in comedy. He has vaulted to national acclaim for his starring role as Mike in the hit TBS show, “My Boys” also starring national headliner, Jim Gaffigan. Jamie plays the romantically challenged bachelor who’s getting way too old to never have been married. He’s actually at the point where he has to lie and tell women he’s been divorced, just so they think he has the ability to “commit”. Where “Mike” ends and Jamie begins is a very blurry line. His act is an ode to bachelorhood that will make you thank your lucky stars that you met someone who was actually a viable substitute to loneliness. And if you’re single, his act is a lesson in matchmaking that will have you hooking up with the person seated two rows away that you’ve been eyeballing all show.
In addition to My Boys, Jamie is also one of the stars of “Blue Collar:The Next Generation”. DVD’s are out now with a tour to follow later this year. A veteran actor, you’re sure to recognize him from his appearances on Friends, Will and Grace, King of Queens, The 70’s Show, The New Adventures of Old Christine and as the “Bloopers Host” on the Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken. So, if you enjoy laughing at horribly embarrassing stories about passing out with a pint of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, locking your keys in the car with the engine running, or being rolled up in a carpet and left on the interstate, then you will love this show.
Eddie Ifft always knew that his antics in school would pay off someday. If only his parents and teachers knew what the future held. After being either suspended or expelled from grade school, junior high, high school and college, Eddie somehow graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint in politics interning for a Senator in Washington DC, Eddie quickly realized that politics was way too serious for him. He moved back home to Pittsburgh and took a job working at his father’s insurance firm, until one random night when he gave stand-up comedy a try at an open-mike night at a Pittsburgh comedy club. Once the spotlight was on him, he knew that was the place for him. The next day he resigned from the insurance firm (although his father claims he was fired).
Eddie packed his bags and moved off to New York City to pursue a career in comedy. He bounced around doing odd-jobs by day and stand-up at night until one night when he won an Off-Broadway stand-up competition sponsored by Caroline’s Comedy Club.
Following that success, he continued to appear regularly at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the country, leading to appearances on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s Late Friday Night. He has performed stand-up with names such as Dave Chapelle, Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock and Robin Williams. In addition he worked with Andy Dick in a sketch show at the Toyota Comedy Festival.
While performing his stand-up at night, Eddie honed his acting and hosting skills during the day. Luck was on his side; he booked his first audition as the host of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Since then, he has been featured in numerous national commercials and campaigns, including a full season as the ABC College Football Guy. His quick wit and personality led to a job as the “man-on-the-street” on the Queen Latifah show. He also served as the co-host of a morning sports radio show on New York City’s popular WNEW.
In 2000, Eddie had a chance to return to Washington DC; he performed at the Kennedy Center as one of the top young comics at the prestigious Mark Twain awards. In 2001, Eddie, as one of the top new faces in the world of comedy was chosen to perform at the prestigious Just for Laffs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
Recently, Eddie was featured on a number of episodes of VH1’s new show "Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and can be seen in Jerry Seinfeld’s up-coming documentary film, “Comedian.” Also, this summer Eddie toured Europe performing to rave reviews. His CD entitled “I Learned the Hard Way” was released in November and his website eddieifft.com was launched early this year and has had well over 100,000 hits to date. Comedy Central has chosen Eddie to host a pilot for the network entitled “Strap-On.”
When not working, Eddie is either skiing or golfing. Believe it or not, he really does live in New York with one of his three sisters and by the way, he does cut his own hair.